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    I Took My 5-Month-Old Baby Abroad For Three Weeks — Here's What I Nailed (And Where I Failed)

    I've taken hundreds of international trips as a travel writer — but this was my very first one with a baby.

    Hi! I'm Evie — and I've made a career out of writing about travel. So when I had a baby, I knew I wanted to travel internationally with her as soon as possible.

    Woman sits on beach with baby

    But no amount of prior travel could fully prepare me for the art — yes, the art — of traveling with an infant.

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    1. NAILED: I applied for her passport as soon as I had her birth certificate.

    Hand holding three US passports

    2. FAILED: The passport process was painless — except when it came to getting her photo taken.

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    3. NAILED: In preparation for the "big trip," we did a few overnights in other places so she would get used to sleeping in other places.

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    4. NAILED: We chose Jamaica because it's close to home — and booked a trip for three full weeks.

    Waterfall and swimming hole

    5. FAILED: We booked our flights in two legs — first, a flight to Dallas, an overnight, then the flight to Jamaica.

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    6. NAILED: The Tula carrier (which I got as a hand-me-down) was key for on-the-go napping and transporting.

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    7. NAILED: We brought her car seat and rented a car.

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    8. FAILED: We ended up staying in a remote part of the island — and I had major anxiety about access to hospitals and the like.

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    9. NAILED: At the last minute, I packed a beach tent, which ended up being crucial.

    Baby in a beach tent on the sand

    10. NAILED: I brought the feeding basics, but didn't end up using everything I brought.

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    11. FAILED: A full-coverage swimsuit is key — leave the cutesie baby bikinis at home.

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    12. FAILED: Same goes for clothes — even though Jamaica was hot, we put her in long-sleeve onesies and pants every day.

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    13. NAILED: I did a TON of research on non-toxic sunscreen and bug spray and finally found the good stuff.

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    14. FAILED: But, I forgot to sunscreen her hands.

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    15. NAILED: I only brought enough diapers and wipes for the first couple days.

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    16. FAILED: We improvised when it came to her bed — but a little extra planning would've made it easier on all of us.

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    Have any tips to share? I'll be doing it all again soon and would love any advice!